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Veterans Markers

Standard Government Headstones and Markers

Flat Bronze Marker

Flat Bronze Marker: This grave marker is 24 inches long, 12 inches wide, with ¾ inch rise. Weight is approximately 18 pounds. Anchor bolts, nuts and washers for fastening to a base are furnished with the marker. The base is not furnished by the Government and must be purchased and installed by your monument dealer.

Flat Light Gray Granite Marker

Flat Light Gray Granite Marker: This grave marker is 24 inches long, 12 inches wide, and 4 inches thick. Weight is approximately 130 pounds. Variations may occur in the stone color.

Flat Marble Marker: This grave marker is 24 inches long, 12 inches wide, and 4 inches thick. Weight is approximately 130 pounds. Variations may occur in the stone color and marble may contain light to moderate veining.

Flat Bronze Niche

Flat Bronze Niche: This niche marker is 8-1/2 inches long, 5-1/2 inches wide, with 7/16 inch rise. Weight is approximately 3 pounds; mounting bolts and washers are furnished with the marker. For use if entombment is in a columbarium or mausoleum, or to supplement a private monument, for deaths occurring on or after November 1, 1990.

Upright Headstone

Upright Headstone, white marble or light gray granite: This headstone is 42 inches long, 13 inches wide and 4 inches thick. Weight is approximately 230 pounds. Variations may occur in stone color, and the marble may contain light to moderate veining.

Inscription Information

Mandatory items of inscription at Government expense are: Legal Name, Branch of Service, Year of Birth, and Year of Death. Branches of Service are: U.S. Army (USA), U.S. Navy (USN), U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), U.S. Coast Guard ((USCG), and by exception, U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF), and other parent organizations authorized for certain periods of time and special units such as Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASP), U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Different examples of inscription formats are illustrated above. More than one branch of service is permitted, subject to space availability.

Optional items may be included at Government expense if desired. Optional items include month and day of birth, month and day of death, highest rank attained, awards, war service, and emblem of belief. War service includes active duty service during a recognized period of war and the individual does not have to serve in the actual place of war, i.e. Vietnam may be inscribed if the veteran served during the Vietnam War period, even though the individual never served in Vietnam itself. Supporting documentation must be included with the application if you wish to include the highest rank and /or awards.

Reserved space for future inscriptions at private expense, such as spousal or dependent data, is allowed if requested and if space is available. Only two lines of space may be reserved on flat markers due to space limitations. Reserved space is unnecessary on upright marble or granite headstones as the reverse side is available for future inscriptions.

Memorial Headstones & Markers (Remains are not buried): The words “In Memory Of” are mandatory and precede the authorized inscription data. The words “In Memory Of” are not inscribed when remains are buried.

Additional items may be inscribed at Government expense if they are requested on the initial application and space is available. Examples of acceptable items include terms of endearment, nicknames (in expressions such as “Our Beloved Poppy”), military or civilian credentials or accomplishments such as Doctor, Reverend, etc., and special unit designations such as Women’s Army Corps, Army Air Corps, Army Nurse Corps or Seabees. All requests for additional inscription items are subject to VA approval. No graphics, emblems or pictures are permitted except VA approved emblems of belief, the Medal of Honor, and the Southern Cross of Honor for Civil War Confederate Veterans.

We offer a variety of headstones and markers to honor our veterans.